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English term or phrase:carpet
Spanish translation:alfombra de pared a pared
Entered by: Carmen Hernaiz
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01:17 Nov 22, 2000
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: carpet
I've been told that the translation for carpet used here in Spain ("moqueta") is not valid for U.S. Spanish. Does anyone know what they're called in U.S. Spanish?

Martin
Martin Perazzo
Spain
Local time: 22:41
alfombra de pared a pared
Explanation:
Soy española y vivo en Estados Unidos.
He tenido algún problema con esa palabra hasta que aprendí bien el término. Suelen llamarla alfombra de pared a pared si quieren especificar concretamente que es moqueta, pero por lo general, alfombra sólo está bien.

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Carmen Hernaiz
Spain
Local time: 22:41
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Summary of answers provided
naAlfombraMaria Barros
naalfombraBeatriz Read
naalfombra
ZoeZoe
naalfombra
Mauricio López Langenbach
naalfombra, moquette, carpetaElena Odriozola
naalfombra de pared a pared
Carmen Hernaiz
naThe term used in U.S. Spanish as well as Latin American Spanish is
Luz Bordenkircher
naalfombra de pared a pared
Patricia Lutteral
naAlfombras y moquetasxxxPaul Roige


  

Answers


14 mins
Alfombras y moquetas


Explanation:
Una moqueta es según Larousse: "tejido espeso y aterciopelado que se emplea para tapizar o alfombrar un suelo". Y alfombra: " tejido con que se cubre el piso de habitaciones y escaleras". Ambos se utilizan en España sin problemas. Por lo que tengo entendido, una moqueta sería sólo un revestimiento completo del suelo, de pared a pared, mientras que alfombra sería un tejido de menores dimensiones. salud y suerte :)

xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 22:41
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in CatalanCatalan
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44 mins
alfombra de pared a pared


Explanation:
Soy española y vivo en Estados Unidos.
He tenido algún problema con esa palabra hasta que aprendí bien el término. Suelen llamarla alfombra de pared a pared si quieren especificar concretamente que es moqueta, pero por lo general, alfombra sólo está bien.



Carmen Hernaiz
Spain
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1 hr
The term used in U.S. Spanish as well as Latin American Spanish is


Explanation:
alfombra

now if you refer to wall to wall carpeting, then it is alfombra de pared a pared.


Good Luck!

Luz Bordenkircher
Local time: 16:41
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
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3 hrs
alfombra de pared a pared


Explanation:
You are right, the word "moqueta" is used only in Spain.
"Alfombra" is OK if the context tells that it is from wall to wall; otherwise you need "de pared a pared" to avoid confusion. (a small rug is also an "alfombra")

Best regards,

Patricia

Patricia Lutteral
Argentina
Local time: 18:41
Native speaker of: Spanish
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3 hrs
alfombra, moquette, carpeta


Explanation:
In Argentina we use "alfombra" as a general term (so much so that shops selling carpets tend to be named "Alfombramientos XXX". As we are prone to picking foreign words (how sad!), we call wall to wall carpets "moquette". Now, if you are talking about a non-wall to wall carpet, then that's "carpeta". Good luck!

Elena Odriozola
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5 hrs
alfombra


Explanation:
Hay mucha gente acá en Estados Unidos que dice "carpeta". Incluso se habla de "vacunar la carpeta" como traducción de "vacuum the carpet". Pero mi recomendación sería evitar el término y usar alfombra, algo que todos van a entender.

Mauricio López Langenbach
New Zealand
Local time: 10:41
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in EnglishEnglish
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10 hrs
Alfombra


Explanation:
This is the LatinAmerican word for carpet.
It is used in a room to cover the floor from one wall to the other.
"Rug" is a small piece of carpet, such as a bed-side rug.

Maria Barros
Mexico
Local time: 15:41
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12 hrs
alfombra


Explanation:
IF YOU ARE TALKING TO THE CARPET THAT COVER FLOORS FROM WALL TO WALL, IT IS CALLED; ALFOMBRA

FOR A SMALL CARPET, LET'S SAY FOR THE FOOT OF THE BED OR THE BATHROOM, IT IS CALLED: TAPETE

FROM WHERE IS "MOQUETA" USED FOR CARPET.

ALFOMBRA IS USED IN SPANISH OF ALL OVER LATIN AMERICA NOT ONLY IN THE US.

Beatriz Read
Local time: 14:41
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13 hrs
alfombra


Explanation:
La alfombra, tal como se entiende en México (y como muy posiblemente la entiendan los 20 millones de compatriotas que residen en EEUU), por regla general va de pared a pared, por lo que no es necesario añadir el "de pared a pared".

Las que no son de pared a pared y los 'rugs' en México se conocen más bien como ´tapetes´, excepción hecha de "la alfombra mágica de Aladino", "las alfombras persas" (aunque es mucho más frecuente que se les llame "tapetes persas"), etc.



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